Ukraine versus Iraq — Humanitarian Intervention versus Invasion?
TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 28 Feb 2022
Russian “Peacekeeping” or another “Forever War”
In a period of intense diplomatic activity regarding Ukraine, President Joe Biden has agreed to meet President Vladimir Putin — the subject of widespread commentary (Ukraine tensions: Biden agrees in principle to summit with Putin, BBC News, 21 February 2022; Biden Agrees ‘in Principle’ to Meeting with Putin, The New York Times, 21 February 2022). However the talks proposed by France will only take place on one condition — if Russia does not invade its neighbour, the White House has said (Ukraine crisis: Biden agrees ‘in principle’ to meeting with Putin as long as Russia does not invade, Euronews, 21 February 2022).
With the emphasis so emphatically placed on “invasion”, little is said of the possibility of “humanitarian intervention” — let alone of the meaning of any form of “promise” not to invade.
Anthony Judge is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment and mainly known for his career at the Union of International Associations (UIA), where he has been Director of Communications and Research, as well as Assistant Secretary-General. He was responsible at the UIA for the development of interlinked databases and for publications based on those databases, mainly the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential, the Yearbook of International Organizations, and the International Congress Calendar. Judge has also personally authored a collection of over 1,600 documents of relevance to governance and strategy-making. All these papers are freely available on his personal website Laetus in Praesens. Now retired from the UIA, he is continuing his research within the context of an initiative called Union of Imaginable Associations. Judge is an Australian born in Egypt, a thinker, an author, and lives in Brussels. His TMS articles may be accessed HERE. (Wikipedia)
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